In recent years, Christians everywhere are rediscovering the Jewish roots of their faith. Every year at Easter time, many believers now celebrate Passover meals (known as Seders) seeking to understand exactly what happened at Jesus’ final Passover, the night before he was crucified.
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. Using his in-depth knowledge of the Bible and ancient Judaism, Dr. Brant Pitre answers questions such as: What was the Passover like at the time of Jesus? What were the Jewish hopes for the Messiah? What was Jesus’ purpose in instituting the Eucharist during the feast of Passover? And, most important of all, what did Jesus mean when he said, “This is my body… This is my blood”?
To answer these questions, Pitre explores ancient Jewish beliefs about the Passover of the Messiah, the miraculous Manna from heaven, and the mysterious Bread of the Presence. As he shows, these three keys—the Passover, the Manna, and the Bread of the Presence—have the power to unlock the original meaning of the Eucharistic words of Jesus. Along the way, Pitre also explains how Jesus united the Last Supper to his death on Good Friday and his Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Inspiring and informative, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist is a groundbreaking work that is sure to illuminate one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith: the mystery of Jesus’ presence in “the breaking of the bread.”
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Image; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (February 15, 2011)
This was the first book I read of Brant Pitre’s and I must say it remains one of the most fascinating things I have read. Not only does Pitre show you where the Eucharist is prefigured several times in the Old Testament, his style of writing keeps you on the edge of your seat. An absolute must-read.
This is an exceptional book, which I have read several times. It is one of the most profound books I have ever read in my entire life! Dr Pitre draws on the typology from the Old Testament which adds so much more meaning to Eucharist in the New Testament! It has given me a much deeper appreciation for the Eucharist and the centrality that it should take in my life! If every Catholic read this book, it would change the Church radically!! It is easy to read and understand!! Please keep them coming Dr Pitre!
I have never read a book that so well put the theology of the Eucharist put is such a logical way that is interesting, if not actually spell binding. I really enjoyed it for it road to a deeper and more appreciative Sacrament of the Eucharist. If you haven't read it yet, you should.
From the point of ordering to keeping me informed of my arrival of books & Cd. Everything was handled very well & I love my books & Cd. It has been helpful in my bible study.